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  • Your body is about 60 percent water. There’s water inside your cells and out. There’s water in your bloodstream and in your organs. There’s even water inside your bones (synovial fluid) and your spinal cord (spinal fluid).

    Like any healthy body of water — a swimming pool, a lake, an ocean — the water in your body needs to stay CLEAN. And to stay clean, it needs a FILTER.

    Fortunately, your body has one. In fact, it has two — your kidneys. They filter out toxins and wastes and send them to the bladder for disposal.

    The kidneys also help control the alkaline/acid balance of the body (critical for optimal health), cellular levels of electrolytes (potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium), and blood pressure levels.

    Meanwhile, your bladder is the storage container that holds your urine, so you can control your urination to when it’s convenient. Unless of course your bladder is irritated, in which case you go when IT wants you to! If your kidneys and bladder are in tiptop shape, you’ll feel clean and clear from the inside out, helping you maintain abundant energy and a sharp mind.

    Here are a few simple but highly effective tips for the care and maintenance of your filtering system.

    Drink Plenty Of Water
    It’s hard for your kidneys to flush toxins out of your system if you’re dehydrated. But exactly how much water should you drink every day? There are a lot of different recommendations — and I think you should ignore them all! Just check your lips and mouth. If they’re dry, you need to drink more water. It’s as simple as that!

    Another simple method is to check the color of your urine. If it’s a dull yellow, then there’s not enough water diluting it and you should drink more. (Urine can also turn bright yellow from taking B vitamins, but that’s different from the murky yellow of overly concentrated urine.)

    A third method is that when you feel tired, drink a glass of water and see if your energy improves in a couple of minutes. If it does, you were dehydrated.

    Another method, which I often use to tell if I’m dehydrated: when I’m thirsty, I can easily chug a whole glass of water; when I’m not thirsty, I prefer to sip it.

    My final tip? To minimize your intake of possibly toxic chemicals in the water supply, drink filtered tap water. I’ve found that MultiPure makes excellent home water filters, which you can easily install at the faucet or the sink.

    Keep The System Sterile
    Your body’s filtering system functions best when bacteria in the system are kept to a minimum. Fortunately, the body does an excellent job of ridding the system of bacteria, washing them out every time you urinate. But two tips can help:

    1. After a bowel movement, women should wipe front to back, which helps keep nasty bowel bacterial (E. coli) from reaching the bladder.
    2. If you experience urinary burning or urgency, try Dmannose. D-mannose is a natural substance that stops E. coli from sticking to bladder walls. Use ½ to 1 teaspoon, dissolved in water, every two to three hours. (Children under five should use half that dose.) To outflank frequent bladder problems, take ½ to 1 teaspoon a day. Another good idea is that if you tend to develop bladder problems after sexual intercourse (which can also deliver E. coli where it’s not wanted), take a dose one hour before and another dose just after intercourse.

    Stop Calcium Crystals From Forming
    The kidney filters electrolytes like calcium — but too much calcium can precipitate into sharp-edged crystals that can literally rip up the delicate tissues of the kidney and the urethra (the tube between the kidney and bladder). Fortunately the amount of calcium in the diet doesn’t cause these crystals. So enjoy high-calcium foods!

    The main way to keep calcium dissolved so it doesn’t form crystals? Get enough magnesium, which counterbalances calcium. 200 mg a day is a good dose. Vitamin B6 (25 mg daily) is also helpful. You can get that amount of magnesium and B6 in the Energy Revitalization System vitamin powder.

    Increase Your Potassium Intake
    Maintaining healthy blood pressure levels also keeps your kidneys healthy. And the best way to keep blood pressure optimal is by getting enough of the mineral potassium. Coconut water is an excellent source. (I drink Zico, the Safeway brand — it’s 100 percent natural and inexpensive.) Tomato juice and V8 juice also deliver plenty of potassium. Bananas and avocado are excellent food sources.

    Other nutrients that optimize blood pressure include magnesium and coenzyme Q10.

    Cut Back On Sugar
    Maintaining optimal blood sugar levels also helps protect your kidneys. The best way to do that is to not overdose on sugar! The average American eats 140 to 150 pounds of sugar a year. An easy way to start cutting back? Limit (or completely eliminate) your intake of the four types of foods that are loaded with added sugar: fast food, processed food, sodas and fruit drinks.

    Overcome Leaks
    As women age, they can start to leak urine during laughing, sneezing or coughing. An easy solution? Use vaginal bioidentical estrogen/progesterone cream, applied daily by the urethra, the outlet for urine.

    Kegel exercises — repetitive squeezing of the pelvic muscles used to stop the flow of urine — can also help. Simply tighten the muscle for a few seconds while laughing, sneezing or coughing, to decrease the risk of linking. Over time, using Kegels to prevent leakage will become second nature. To learn how to do Kegel exercises, see this online guide from the Mayo Clinic.

    If there is blood visible in your urine, and you have fever and back pain, see your doctor immediately — these are signs of a kidney infection, which can cause severe damage to your kidneys if left untreated.

  • A preview from The NEW Fat Flush Cookbook

    They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. I bet yours is filled with laughter, love, and nourishing ingredients, but you may be overlooking some important things. In this preview from my NEW Fat Flush Cookbook I cover the rundown on how to make your kitchen the most nourishing, healing place it can be—before you even begin cooking.

    Essential Utensils
    I personally prefer heavy-duty, stainless-steel, waterless cookware, which cooks in a vacuum seal. When food cooks in its own juices, high flavor, tenderness, and high nutritional value are guaranteed. In fact, studies have shown that cooking in vacuum-sealed cookware rather than non-sealed cookware retains more vitamins and minerals and produces less fat. At the same time, less salt and less of every seasoning is required for high-quality taste. I personally use Le Creuset cookware for all my cooking. Although it is a heavier line of cookware, I feel secure that it is enamel-covered iron and safe. Enamel, Corning Ware, glass, and Pyrex are also acceptable. For those of you who are anemic, you might consider cooking with iron-based utensils because the extra iron picked up from cooking can actually be therapeutic. When a high acidbased food like spaghetti sauce, for example, is cooked in iron pots, it contains six times more iron than when it is made in ceramic cookware.

    Choose heavy-duty tin or black steel for your baking needs.

    Stay Away from Aluminum
    As a quick reminder, do aluminum-proof the kitchen as much as possible. Aluminum inhibits the body's utilization of key minerals like magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus. Scary, right? On top of that, some researchers believe that it can neutralize pepsin, an important digestive enzyme in the stomach. Replace all aluminum steamers, measuring cups, spoons, bread pans, and cookie sheets with stainless steel or Pyrex.

    You should avoid aluminum foil also. When cooking, opt for parchment paper (like Beyond Gourmet unbleached parchment paper), which the French have used for years in their “en papillote” dishes to seal in juices. This can be used for roasting veggies as well. For storing and freezing, you can first cover with wax paper then foil, which prevents the aluminum from leaching into foods.

    Can't tell whether your utensils are fused with aluminum that could leach into your food? Simple: test with a magnet. A magnet will not cling to aluminum but will to tin or nickel—which is often used with stainless steel.

    Curb the Copper
    You would also be wise to replace all copper-lined cookware. This metal can upset the sensitive zinc-copper balance in your system. Excess copper has been linked to depression, insomnia, anorexia nervosa, compulsive behavior, anxiety, hyperactivity, various skin disorders, and hair loss. Need I say more?

    Consider a Water Filter for Your Home
    With pure, clean water becoming extinct and with bottled water not always being reliable, a home water filter is no longer a luxury but a necessity. I recommend the CWR Crown Ultra-Ceramic Water Filter, the most effective water filtration system available. The filter is made of ultrafine ceramic with pores so small that they trap bacteria, parasites, and particles down to 0.8 micron in size. The filtering system provides a comprehensive, three-stage process.

    In the first stage the tiny pores in the ceramic remove bacteria, parasites, rust, and dirt. The second filter state is composed of high-density matrix carbon that removes chlorine, pesticides, and other chemicals like chloramines and trihalomethanes. In the third stage, a heavy-metal–removing compound eliminates lead and copper.

    I would be remiss if I did not remind you how important the right knives are for chopping, paring, slicing, and carving— everything from fruits and veggies to roasts and turkeys. At the very least, you will need one high-quality utility knife and one 4-inch paring knife for the majority of your cutting needs in the smart kitchen. If you are planning to purchase a new knife set and you want something durable, then I highly recommend MAC Japanese knives, which are acclaimed by chefs all over the world as the world's finest knives. The MAC knives are what I personally use because they have a razorsharp edge, stay sharp a long time, and have thin blades for easy slicing. They are easily available online.

    A wide-mouthed thermos is helpful for taking soups, stews, and leftovers to work with you.

    The Flaxseed Grinder
    Since ground flax seeds are such a potent source of metabolism-boosting omega-3s and fiber-rich lignans— which function as natural hormone balancers—a specially designed flaxseed grinder is a valuable smart kitchen item. The Krups F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder with stainless-steel blades is an efficient, easy-to-use grinder. You can find it and similar products online.

    Mortar and Pestle
    Many of the recipes call for crushed dried herbs. To crush my herbs, I like to use a mortar and pestle, which is best for extracting the essence of the dried herbs and spices used in the recipes. The mortar and pestle crushes the herbs, which in turn release the volatile oils that contain the herbs' health and aromatic qualities. The aromas of the ground, dried herbs or spices are nearly four times as strong as the aromas from the same herbs and spices before they are ground.

    Seed Grinder
    For grinding and crushing seeds (like anise, fennel, or coriander), a small hand-turned mill is very useful.

    For over 200 family-friendly recipes and snacks to make in your new kitchen—including Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, and Gluten-Free options—pick up your copy of The NEW Fat Flush Cookbook.